Jury finds that Bill Cosby sexually abused a teenage girl in the Playboy mansion in 1975

A California jury found that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy mansion in 1975 and awarded him $500,000 (£408,425).

The jury in Santa Monica sided with Judy Huth, now 64, dealing another major court loss to the former cosby show star, who has been sued by a number of women.

The verdict comes a year after Cosby, 84, was convicted of sexual assault by a Pennsylvania superior court and released from prison.

The jury had reached its verdict on almost all the questions on Friday, but one member was unable to be present this week and the jury had to begin its deliberations again on Monday with an alternate jury.

Cosby did not testify or attend the trial and has continued to deny the allegations against him, although his attorneys have accepted that he brought Huth to the mansion and posed for a photo with her.

The jury heard that Mrs. Huth met Cosby on the set of the film. Let’s do it again in California and several days later he was invited to his tennis club with a friend.

Plaintiff Judy Huth (L) arrives outside court for the start of her civil trial against actor Bill Cosby on June 1, 2022 at Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica, California.

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She alleges that he gave her alcohol and then took them to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, where he forced her to perform a sexual act on him.

Mrs. Huth alleges that Cosby told her and the friend to say they were 19 years old if the mansion staff asked their age.

The comedian, once known as “America’s Dad” for his role as Cliff Huxtable on the hit television show, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women over the past five decades.

Many of the cases have been settled by Cosby and his insurers.

When he was released from prison in 2021, Cosby had served three years of a 10-year sentence for drugging and abusing Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby was charged and convicted based on a prejudicial statement he had made in a civil lawsuit brought by Ms. Constand, despite the then-District Attorney’s verbal promise that he would not be prosecuted if he testified.

The groundbreaking black actor grew up in public housing in Philadelphia before earning an estimated $400 million during his career.

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